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4 Habits that Could be Killing Your Back

By Virginia Laird

Having back pain is not as earth shattering as one might think. Many times the pain that is experienced in your back can be pinpointed to a habit. For example: Bad posture ranks high on the list of personal habits that encourage back pain. There are others that may be seem more simple to correct. Your chiropractor can help give advice on how to make changes to your habits in order to live life with a bit less back pain. 

A Long Commute

A long commute every day can be a killer on the back. If this cannot be avoided, there are a few things to change about your commute that can help. First (if your car has the ability), adjust your seat so that your knees are in line with your hips. If you are in the market for a new car, take note of the lumbar support in the seats. Your chiropractor can also recommend some lumbar support devices and pillows that can be used if your seat is lacking.

Long Hours at a Desk

If your job requires long hours at a desk or computer, this can harm the back as well. A few slight alterations to this work habit can go a long way in helping prevent sore backs. Begin by taking breaks every few hours. There are several stretches your chiropractor can teach that can help reduce back pain.

Carrying a Purse (or Bag) that is Too Heavy

Purses (and bags) are back killers. Unless there is a good reason to carry the super oversized tote, opt for the smaller (yet stylish) purse. Your back will thank you. If you insist on choosing the larger bag, try to make a habit of unloading it daily. This can help to keep it light.

You Wear High Heels More Often Than Not

I never really understood what people meant by “beauty can be painful” until I fell in love with heels. Not only can they make your feet hurt, the damage that can be done to the back is devastating. If you insist on wearing heels (as I do), try to only wear them when needed. There is no chiropractor that will encourage the wearing of high heels. These shoes are terrible for your spine. If you are a heel lover, routine visits to your chiropractor are vital. Your chiropractor can help undo some of the damage to your spine, but it takes time.   

To learn more about your health and wellness, visit your local The Joint Chiropractic.

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